What's On - 15 August 2017

  • Exhibition: The 'Blood Tub'

    Saturday 15 October 2016 - Sunday 1 October 2017

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    In early 1917 Australian soldiers fought two battles at Bullecourt in France. So ferocious were they that Australian soldiers renamed the town ‘The blood tub.’ The first action fought on 11 April was a complete disaster, the second (3 – 17 May) a hollow victory at best. German General Eric Ludendorff later wrote of the Arras campaign, of which the Bullecourt battles were part—‘no doubt exceedingly important strategic objects lay behind the British attack, but I have never been able to discover what they were.’

    CURATOR TOUR
    Neil Sharkey will lead a curator tour of the exhibition on Wednesday 11 April, 1pm
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    100th ANNIVERSARY SERVICE AND PUBLIC PROGRAM
    On Saturday 13 May, a special commemorative service and public program will be held to mark the centenary of the Battles of Bullecourt. An 11am wreath laying in the Sanctuary will be followed by a special talk at 12 noon by Bullecourt expert and author Dr David Coombes in the Shrine Education Centre. Bookings are required for the talk as spaces are limited.

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  • Exhibition: Dear Laura

    Saturday 29 October 2016 - Tuesday 31 October 2017

    Dear Laura presents First World War postcards sent to Laura Brooks between 1915 and 1918 by her future husband Alan Ferguson, her brothers Ernest and Arthur and her uncle Charles Newman. Read More

    Dear Laura presents First World War postcards sent to Laura Brooks between 1915 and 1918 by her future husband Alan Ferguson, her brothers Ernest and Arthur and her uncle Charles Newman. These men enlisted and served overseas in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF).

    This exhibition explores the journeys and sights they encountered, the popularity of hand-embroidered silk postcards, the longing for loved ones and thoughts of home, as well as the devastation caused by war.

     

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  • Exhibition: The Soldiers' XI

    Saturday 1 April 2017 - Sunday 1 April 2018

    The Soldiers' XI explores the conflicts in Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan from the unique perspective of cricket. Sergeant H has played cricket on eleven deployments with the Australian Army: to maintain team resilience, to build rapport with locals, and to de-stress after combat. Cricket once even brought together allies and enemy. Eleven bats each tell a story about war in the twenty-first century. Read More

    The Soldiers' XI explores the conflicts in Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan from the unique perspective of cricket. Sergeant H has played cricket on eleven deployments with the Australian Army: to maintain team resilience, to build rapport with locals, and to de-stress after combat. Cricket once even brought together allies and enemy. Eleven bats each tell a story about war in the twenty-first century.

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  • Exhibition: Nerves and Steel

    Saturday 22 July 2017 - Sunday 29 July 2018

    The war in the Pacific was essentially a naval struggle. Allied war aims hinged on the destruction of Japan’s powerful navy and the severing of sea communications between Japan and its far-flung Asian and Pacific conquests. Nerves and Steel explores the role played by the RAN in ultimate Allied victory and features items from the Shrine’s own collection as well as loans from the Australian War Memorial, the RAN Heritage Collection, veterans and their families. Read More

    The war in the Pacific was essentially a naval struggle. Allied war aims hinged on the destruction of Japan’s powerful navy and the severing of sea communications between Japan and its far-flung Asian and Pacific conquests. Nerves and Steel explores the role played by the RAN in ultimate Allied victory and features items from the Shrine’s own collection as well as loans from the Australian War Memorial, the RAN Heritage Collection, veterans and their families.

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  • Ceremony: 72nd Anniversary of Victory in the Pacific (VP Day)

    Tuesday 15 August 2017, 10:30am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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    VP (Victory in the Pacific) Day, also referred to as VJ (Victory over Japan) Day, is celebrated on 15 August. This date commemorates Japan’s acceptance of the Allied demand for unconditional surrender 14 August 1945. For Australians, it meant that the Second World War was finally over. The following day, 15 August, is usually referred to as VP Day. In August 1945 Australian governments gazetted a public holiday as VP Day and most newspapers reported it as such. However, the governments of Britain, the United States and New Zealand preferred VJ Day. It is not true, as some have claimed, that the day was originally called VJ and that the name was surreptitiously changed later